My DD is 7 years old and in the 2nd grade at a public school. She is in mostly special education classes as she struggles with alot of concepts. She loves to read and write although she barely could do either just one year ago. So she recently began trying to write "scripts" ie. movielines...
She drives us nuts with her eagenrness and this is a good thing IMO. So her and her "friends" from school decided they wanted a scary movie since DD's Daddy loves them. It was innocent enough. I read it and thought nothing of this "Script". This is where the problem comes in:
Apparently, she said "I will KILL you witch!" in the script. (I know witch is not generally appropriate but a whole different story there for now). DD has never been in trouble at school besides occasionally being told she is talking too much. And unlike the average kid she rarely says Kill except on extreme occasions to her little brother! :LOL What happened is the little tattle tales of the class knew you cannot say KILL in school so they went running to her teacher and said "She said I'll kill, she threatened someone!" (I have witnessed these tattle tale kids before
drives me nuts! Very innapropriate and ANNOYING!!) So besides the fact DD considered them her friends , she couldn't fathom, WHY they would "tell" on her and WHAT she did wrong! She said the teacher yelled at her (I think she used a stern voice)and made her wait by the door. She also told DD she may have to go to the principal! That is equal to the death sentence in DD's eyes! She did not take the time to explain to DD that this word is not allowed in school and why it is not allowed. She then had DD throw out all of the papers she WROTE! I am furious! DD is very sensitive and it took DAYS for her to tell me about this! Here is the clincher (IMO)..DD says "When she let me come back in the room, they were playing HANGMAN and I refused to join in-so people knew I was upset." HANGMAN-ummm..where they draw a man (stick figure) hanging if ya get it wrong? Umm but DD said she will kill a fictional character in a story from her imagination and she is in trouble. but the death of a man in a word game is ok? Isn't that very contradictory? Oh the irony!
Now I have no problem with the game hangman nor with DD using the word kill in her fictional story. While I can respect their request to not use this term at school, I feel they should have spoke to DD and asked her if she knew this and asked her to REVISE her little story! As DD said "Why doesn't anyone TELL ME about these rules?" I told her I had no idea and if I was in school today (I never got in trouble once throughout my school years btw) I woulda been kicked out b/c my specialty was morbid writings!
DD and I talke for over an our and I will spare you the details. I am debating writing or calling her teacher. To make her THROW out the paper w/o READING it first and to keep accepting this tattling is ridiculpous! The class is less than 20 kids-5 of whom go to special ed. a minimum of half the day! So it isa small group. I know the teachers are not fond of me already but I am pretty upset.
What do you all think?